Please be advised that the Flu has arrived early this year and it is wide spread. We have seen an increase in general respiratory and flu-like symptoms within our school departments over the past few weeks. Given that we are now moving into flu season, it would be advisable to take a few precautionary steps to protect you and your family members from illness. Symptoms may include chest congestion, nasal congestion, fever of 100 and above, sore throat and/or cough.
It is important to treat these symptoms proprerly, rest and drink plenty of fluids. Please keep your child home from school if they are sick. Your child should not return to school until they are fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, or cough into your sleeve to prevent the spread of droplets that can contain germs.
Wash your hands often with soap and water or use an alcohol-based hand rub if water is not available.
Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes to prevent spreading germs and try to avoid close contact with sick people.
It is not too late to get a flu shot. If you have not yet received a flu shot you can contact your doctor, the Andover Health Department or you local pharmacy to get one. To protect yourself from the flu please practice good cough etiquette and frequently wash your hands. For more flu information check the Department of Public Health website - www.mass.gov
If you have any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to call your school nurse.
Rita Casper RN, MBA
District Coordinator for Nursing Services
Andover Public Schools